Air-Launched Weapons

IMDO, MDA conduct exoatmospheric testing of Arrow-3 Weapon System

29 July 2019

An Arrow-3 exoatmospheric ballistic missile interceptor is launched during a 10-day Arrow-3 Weapon System test campaign at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak in late July. Source: Israel Ministry of Defence

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in collaboration with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), completed a 10-day exoatmospheric test campaign of the Arrow-3 Weapon System at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak on 28 July.

The campaign, led by the Israel Ministry of Defence (IMOD) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), supported by the Israel Air Force (IAF), comprised three exoatmospheric interceptions of threat-representative ballistic missiles - provided by an undisclosed variant of the Rafael Advanced Defence Systems air-launched Sparrow target system launched from an IAF platform. "Preliminary analysis indicates that test objectives were successfully achieved," the MDA said in a statement.

"What we demonstrated in the last 10 days were three exoatmospheric interceptions by Arrow-3, in three different scenarios, utilising one of the targets from the Sparrow family. We used a completely operational Arrow Weapon System [AWS], operated by the IAF together with engineers from industry," Boaz Levy, general manager and executive vice-president of IAI's Systems, Missiles and Space Group, told Jane's .

The IMOD confirmed that core AWS components, including the Golden Almond Battle Management Centre (BMC) and Citron Tree Fire Control Centre developed by Elisra, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, and the Elta Systems EL/M 2080S Super Green Pine multimode, solid-state phased array radar- the primary sensor of the AWS - which have been fully upgraded to accommodate integration of the Arrow-3 interceptor, were part of the test campaign at PSCA. While not part of the Arrow-3 Weapon System architecture, a US Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN-TPY2) X-band missile-defence radar, which is developed by Raytheon, was also included in the test campaign in Alaska, and connected to the AWS system to demonstrate interoperability, said Levy.

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